The City of Rancho Palos Verdes continues to monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County and would like to share the following updates with the community:
RPV City Council Greenlights Financial Assistance Programs for Small Businesses
On Tuesday, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council voted unanimously to create programs to provide financial assistance to small businesses in the City affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City will offer brick-and-mortar businesses in Rancho Palos Verdes that generated less than $1.5 million in gross receipts in 2019 a one-time refund of their 2020 business license tax. These refunds are expected to total about $65,000 for 189 businesses, with an average refund of $332.
Additionally, the council authorized using $116,500 in Community Development Block Grant funds to provide loans and grants to low- and moderate-income owners of businesses with five or fewer employees. These funds could be used for short-term working capital for operating expenses to retain jobs and support service delivery.
In coming weeks, City staff will share details of these programs with the business community, as well as information on how to apply.
The council is scheduled to receive an update on the effectiveness of the programs on June 2.
L.A. County Launches Critical Delivery Service for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), with the support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced a free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
This countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service
, will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to the client. No application process is required; however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries may be scheduled by calling 1-888-863-7411 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Clients may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first.
For a downloadable factsheet about the Critical Delivery Service, visit bit.ly/2xgDQ7f
As of April 8, there are 7,530 known cases of novel coronavirus across Los Angeles County, including the South Bay, so the public should not think one location is safer than another and everyone should be aware and practice physical distancing. The total includes 35 cases in Rancho Palos Verdes, 30 in Palos Verdes Estates and eight in Rolling Hills Estates.
Countywide, 198 people have died.
To date, the City is aware of the deaths of two residents who reportedly contracted the novel coronavirus. We extend our deepest condolences to the residents’ families and ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.
Belmont Village on Crestridge Road is included on the county’s list of long-term care facilities with at least one resident who developed symptoms while in the facility and tested positive for COVID-19.
For a list of cases broken down by city and age group, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm
It’s important to note that the total number of confirmed cases that the Department of Public Health shares every day reflects a moment in time and may not include cases confirmed by commercial labs that have not yet been shared with the Department of Public Health
. A commercial lab may share a positive result with a physician before the health department.
Emotional Support and Stress Management Resources
If the COVID-19 crisis is affecting your mental health, check out helpful resources from the California Surgeon General’s Office added to the state’s coronavirus website, www.covid19.ca.gov
For emotional support and well-being resources, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being
For stress playbooks, including tips for caregivers, parents and kids, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/manage-stress-for-health/
Stretch and Movement Guides
The Beach Cities Health District has produced guides with simple stretches and exercises you can practice to stay active while staying or working at home. Download the guides at the following links:
Computer and Desk Stretches (PDF)
Dynamic Movement Exercises (PDF)
Functional Movement Stretches (PDF)
A Message from the California Grocers Association
As local and state officials urge Californians to stay home this week, the California Grocers Association (CGA) encourages consumers to listen to their local health officials’ directives and consider online shopping and delivery services to get essential products.
For consumers who must go grocery shopping, CGA has issued 10 guidelines to help protect their safety and the safety of grocery store employees. Read the guidelines at https://www.cagrocers.com/covid-19-statement-on-industry-conditions/
Lawmakers Seek $250 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funding for Smaller Communities
On April 7, Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado introduced a bill to provide a $250 billion stand-alone fund for COVID-19 related costs for communities with fewer than 500,000 residents. This funding would be separate from the $2 trillion allocated by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27. South Bay Rep. Ted Lieu is among cosponsors of the new bill, H.R. 6467. Read the text of the legislation at: https://neguse.house.gov/imo/media/doc/Coronavirus%20Community%20Relief%20Act%20Text%204.6.20.pdf
Drive-Up Mobile COVID-19 Testing Update
This week, officials announced that any L.A. County resident showing symptoms can now get a COVID-19 test at a drive-up mobile testing site, but priority will be given to those in high-risk categories (people age 65+, and/or those with underlying conditions)
Locally, there is a drive-up testing site at the South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278)
For a full list of locations and answers to questions about testing, go to covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.
To find out if you're eligible and to make an appointment, visit lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
Palos Verdes Medical Group is now offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Peninsula residents.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or may have been exposed, please call PVMG at 310-544-6858. You will be scheduled for a Telehealth visit with one of the providers. If testing is recommended, patients will be offered COVID-19 testing at new drive-thru site on the fourth (top) floor of the Promenade on the Peninsula mall.
Testing is by appointment only and open to both PVMG patients and community members. Call PVMG at 310-544-6858 for any questions or to schedule a Telehealth visit.
Free Meals for Older Adults Impacted by COVID-19
The County of Los Angeles is providing free meals to older adults age 60 and older who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Call 1-800-510-2020 to request services.
Meals are provided either at distribution sites or via home delivery. The county is transitioning to home-delivered meals at most locations. The map at the following link has information about each site: bit.ly/34k9b56
Older adults 65 and older must send a family member, friend or caregiver who is under the age of 65 to pick up meals at their assigned site. For more information, visit wdacs.lacounty.gov/covid-19
Clap Because We Care
The Palos Verdes Peninsula has joined communities across the country in an ongoing show of support for frontline workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every night at 7 p.m., step outside to celebrate these workers and say “thank you” with a clap and a cheer.
Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending the public wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
For more information and frequently asked questions, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
For the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s guidance on cloth face coverings, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/GuidanceClothFaceCoverings.pdf
Remember, our best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding being around sick people and practicing physical distancing, especially by staying at home. Face coverings are not a replacement for these other evidence-based measures; they are just an additional tool that may be used to protect us from exposure to COVID-19 when used properly.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, commission and committee meetings are going virtual.
City Council and Planning Commission meetings will be conducted at their normal times using the Zoom video conference platform. These meetings will also be live-streamed on the City website at rpvca.gov and televised on RPVtv Cox 33/Frontier FiOS 38. Visit rpvca.gov/participate for information on how to participate in public comment.
Civic Center Advisory Committee, Emergency Preparedness Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, Infrastructure Management Advisory (IMAC) Committee, Traffic Safety Committee meetings will be conducted at their normal times using the Zoom video conference platform. To watch and/or participate in public comment, complete a form at rpvca.gov/participate to receive an email with further instructions.
All City Council, commission and committee meeting agendas are available at http://rpvca.gov/772/City-Meeting-Video-and-Agendas
If you require a disability-related modification or accommodation to participate in a meeting, please contact the City at least 48 hours prior to the meeting via email at email@example.com
Reminder: Parks, Beaches and Nature Preserve CLOSED
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, all City parks, beaches, community centers, amenities and trails are CLOSED until further notice
. All park buildings, playgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, game courts, and fields are closed. All park programming has been canceled until further notice.
This includes all recreational activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, instructional courses, and group sessions/private events.
For a full list of closures, read a press release at: bit.ly/2UexWwo
County Beaches and Hiking Trails CLOSED
As part of the “Safer at Home” Public Health Officer Order, county officials have closed all public beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, public beach parking lots, bike paths on the beach, and beach access points countywide through at least April 19. Persons may continue to use currently open and publicly available park space, not prohibited by the order, for passive recreational activities, but must practice social distancing.Please note that parks, beaches and open space areas in Rancho Palos Verdes, including the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, are CLOSED.
Deane Dana Friendship Park and the South Coast Botanic Garden are partially closed.
To read the order addendum, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/HOO_BeachesandTrails_3.27.20_FINAL.pdf
For a list of school, library, transit and other local closures, visit the Closure Information
page on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
Open for Business
Need a list of Peninsula restaurants that are serving takeout and delivery? Or updated grocery store hours? Check out the Open for Business
tab on the City’s coronavirus webpage. If you would like to add your business to this page or provide updated information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Protective Equipment Needed
Want to help our nurses, doctors and health care workers? If you want to donate/know of businesses that may be able to help with personal protective equipment, such as surgical masks, N95 face masks, face shields and other supplies, email email@example.com
To find out how you can support local hospitals, visit the How You Can Help page on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
Local Volunteer Match
PVPUSD School Board Member Linda Reid is coordinating a volunteer effort to match up senior citizens needing errand/grocery/meal help in PV with volunteers. PVPUSD students, parents, and alums unexpectedly home from college will assist! Any older residents may email Member Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org to be matched up with a local volunteer during this difficult isolating time.
For 28 years, residents and Block Captains have worked together through RPV Neighborhood Watch to build safe and cohesive neighborhoods. Working cooperatively between neighbors and law enforcement has resulted in supportive neighbors who help each other when necessary. Those residents or blocks who are not yet a part of Neighborhood Watch can contact Gail Lorenzen at email@example.com.
Please consider checking on your older neighbors or those with underlying health conditions. There are ways to let people know you care while keeping a safe distance (e.g., a phone call, a text, a note under their door to make sure they have everything they need). Self-isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness. Lomita Sheriff’s Station deputies are available to provide a “welfare check” for seniors. Residents are encouraged to call the station’s non-emergency number at 310-539-1661 if they are aware of seniors who are at risk or may need attention. We are all in this together.
California Health Corps
Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps.
Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit healthcorps.ca.gov for more information and to register for the California Health Corps.
Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up and meet this moment to help California respond to the outbreak.
Make a Donation
Los Angeles County officials encourage members of the public who want to help those in the community experiencing hardships to make monetary contributions to reputable non-profit organizations or relief funds supporting COVID-19 disaster efforts. Find a list of organizations and relief funds on the How You Can Help page on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
City Hall Closed
As a reminder, to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19, through at least April 19, City Hall and park buildings are closed to the public, and all recreational activities, classes and events at City facilities have been canceled. The City will primarily be providing essential city services that are necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community and City employees. To facilitate these measures, all non-essential staff will be working remotely. Inquiries will be reviewed daily and will be responded to on a case-by-case basis. Please note that our response to your inquiry could be delayed.
Community Development Department applications and permit requests may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-emergency service requests may be submitted at http://www.rpvca.gov/FormCenter/NonEmergency-Customer-Service-Requests-3/NonEmergency-Customer-Service-Requests-43.
Public Works service requests may be submitted at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/6d13530e7ca84edbb5c4e022bdc54da8.
Please visit the appropriate department page on the City website for a list of phone numbers and email addresses to accommodate your needs:
Recreation, Parks & Open Space
Overall Staff Directory
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
California Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov/covid19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov/COVID19
World Health Organization: who.int/coronavirus
California Governor’s Office: covid19.ca.gov
County of Los Angeles: lacounty.gov/covid19
L.A. County residents can also call 2-1-1
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control: https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control
Sign up for “Notify Me” city listervs at rpvca.gov/notify
Be sure to also follow the City on Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert SouthBay by:
- Texting “alertsb” to 888-777, which returns a link to register for Everbridge (for COVID-19-related alerts, text the keyword "cv19rpv")
- Registering online at alertsouthbay.com
- Downloading the free Everbridge app on an iOS or Android device from the App Store or Google Play. Select “Find an organization or subscription” and search “alertsb”
Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert LA County at https://lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la/
The City Council is committed to keeping you informed on this ever-changing situation, and thanks you for your cooperation and support. The City reminds all residents that closures and cancellations announced by the City and other agencies and institutions are being implemented because public health officials advise that social distancing is the best and most effective tool to slow the spread of coronavirus.